COLUMBUS, Ohio Competing in the prestigious NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals, the No. 6 Ohio State wrestling team (5-1) lost a 17-16 decision to No. 3 Cornell (3-0) in dramatic fashion Saturday at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. With the Buckeyes holding a slim 16-13 lead heading into the final bout at 157 pounds, a major decision (10-2) by the Big Red’s 2008 NCAA Champion Jordan Leen over Buckeye Jason Johnstone lifted Cornell to victory.
Ohio State trailed most of the match before it took its first lead after junior Lance Palmer, a native of Columbia Station, Ohio, decisioned DJ Meagher, 2-1, at 149 pounds, setting up the match-deciding bout at 157 pounds.
The Buckeyes dropped their first two matches at 165 and 174 pounds in their quest to move to 6-0 on the season. Sophomore Colt Sponseller encountered No. 1-ranked Mack Lewnes and was unable to get the better of Lewnes as the Glenmont, Ohio, native lost in sudden victory, 3-1. Dave Rella, a junior from Akron, Ohio, had his hands full with third-ranked Steve Anceravage and lost, 6-2.
Junior Mike Pucillo, the Strongsville, Ohio, native who is ranked No. 1, put three points on the board for the Buckeyes at 184 pounds when he handed Justin Kerber an 8-7 loss. However, bonus points for Cornell’s Cameron Simaz over freshman Cody Gardner at 197 pounds gave the Big Red a 10-3 advantage. Corey Morrison, a junior heavyweight from Shaker Heights, Ohio, cut Cornell’s lead to four (10-6) after he decisioned Zach Hammond, 6-4.
Cornell earned its three points back at 125 pounds on a 2-0 decision by Troy Nickerson over Buckeye sophomore and Moraga, Calif., native Nikko Triggas. Despite being down by seven points (13-6), Ohio State began its rally at 133 pounds with Reece Humphrey. A 10-3 decision by the junior from Indianapolis, Ind., over Mike Grey began a streak of three straight wins by the Buckeyes. Up next, at 141 pounds, senior and Northfield, Ohio, native J Jaggers’ 11-2 major decision over Corey Manson evened the score at 13-all before Palmer lifted the Scarlet and Gray to its first lead of the match.
The Buckeyes now drop to wrestleback competition and will vie for a Top 5 finish.
No. 6 Ohio State 16, No. 3 Cornell 17
NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals
Cedar Falls, Iowa
165 Mack Lewnes (COR) WBD Colt Sponseller (OSU) D 3-1 SV1
174 Steve Anceravage (COR) WBD Dave Rella (OSU) D 6-2
184 Mike Pucillo (OSU) WBD Justin Kerber (COR) D 8-7
197 Cameron Simaz (COR) WBD Cody Gardner (OSU) M 12-4
285 Corey Morrison (OSU) WBD Zach Hammond (COR) D 6-4
125 Troy Nickerson (COR) WBD Nikko Triggas (OSU) D 2-0
133 Reece Humphrey (OSU) WBD Mike Grey (COR) D 10-3
141 Jeff Jaggers (OSU) WBD Corey Manson (COR) M 11-2
149 Lance Palmer (OSU) WBD DJ Meagher (COR) D 2-1
157 Jordan Leen (COR) WBD Jason Johnstone (OSU) M 10-2